Your Guide to the Perfect Richmond Day Trip

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Are you in need of a little escape? After the year we’ve had, a mini-vacation is well-deserved. However, with everything going on, a true vacation isn’t always in the cards. Luckily, Richmond is just a hop and a skip down the road from Charlottesville! If you’re in need of a change in scenery, Richmond is the perfect place to visit for the day. Check out this guide to plan the perfect getaway: a Richmond day trip!

Brewery Hopping in Scott’s Addition

The Richmond brewery scene is something you can’t miss should you ever find yourself in Virginia’s state capital. Particularly, the Scott’s Addition Historic District is home to 10 breweries! Grab a beer on the rooftop of Starr Hill, or enjoy a unique beer from Vasen or The Veil. No matter what you choose, you’re sure to enjoy your time. The best part? They’re all conveniently located so that you can walk between destinations!

Adventuring on the James River

For those of you itching for adventure, you’re in the right place. Enjoy a day on the James River! There’s no better place to experience the James than right here in the River City. In fact, there are various parks and trails that offer a different vantage point of the river. Surround yourself with rapids, rocks, and trees when you walk around Belle Isle. Or travel directly over top of the river on the Pipeline Trail. Additionally, you can walk along the Buttermilk Trail, overlooking the river! There is plenty to explore.

Indulging in the Richmond Restaurant Scene

Breweries aren’t the only thing that Richmond has mastered. The restaurant scene in Richmond is one that you certainly can’t miss. In fact, Richmond is home to some nationally recognized restaurants. L’Opposum won Best Restaurant in the South in 2018, followed by Alewife in 2019. Additionally, Longoven in Scott’s Addition was named by Bon Appetite as one of the top 10 Best New Restaurants in America in 2019! That’s just to name a few. For a delectable Greek dish, head to Richmond’s beloved Stella’s. For a tropical getaway, visit Little Nickel, featuring Philippine, Hawaiian, and Mediterranean fusion. Many Richmond restaurants offer heated outdoor seating to accommodate for social distancing. No matter what you’re craving, there’s a restaurant in Richmond that will knock your expectations out of the park.

Celebrating on Rooftops

Enjoying a drink just seems better from a rooftop bar. Luckily, Richmond has you covered in the rooftop department! Grab dinner at the Quirk Hotel and venture up to the rooftop to enjoy a beverage and a bird’s eye view of the city. Or, enjoy an elegant evening sipping on cocktails and eating hors d’oeuvres at Kabana Rooftop! If you’re looking for something a little slower paced, visit the rooftop at Starr Hill Brewery or The Hofgarden to enjoy a brew and Scott’s Addition views. Enjoy the city from a different vantage point, no matter wherever you choose to sip!

Exploring the City Streets

The streets of Richmond are like no other, many surrounded by beautifully crafted murals. A simple walk through VCU’s campus or the boutiques, restaurants, and coffee shops in Carytown will give you a taste of what Richmond is all about. Or, explore the street art at the Riverfront Canal Walk featuring 18-foot tall murals covering the walls. Take a stroll down historic Monument Avenue and admire the beautiful homes that line it. You won’t want to miss out on the beautiful mix of history, culture, and art that Richmond streets have to offer.

From breweries and restaurants to riverfront fun, these ideas will make your Richmond day trip one to remember. Who knows, you may love it so much, you’ll have to make a whole weekend trip out of it!


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